This was the first appearance of the "round-fender" Jeep that would eventually become the CJ-5. The M38A1 was quite different than the CJ-5, having a stronger chassis and reversed front spring shackles, in addition to the military accoutrements such as standardized GI instruments and 24-volt electricals. Some 101,488 units were produced by Willys during the 50's, some of which went for export. Even after the high-tech Ford M151 went into production in 1959, the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy ordered additional A1's from 1960-64, and 18,543 more were built by Kaiser through 1968, according to AMC records. The rig in the photo is owned by George Baxter at Army Jeep Parts in Bristol, Pennsylvania.(George Baxter)
Also on CJ3B.info, see Willys Model MD and NEKAF Jeeps in the Netherlands -- 7,000 Dutch-built M38A1s.
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